Sixteen year old Leslie Crane has come to the New Jersey shore as a companion to ailing Aunt Marcia, whose doctor has sent her there for a some quiet rest and recuperation. While the beach is lovely in October, Leslie quickly finds herself getting lonely with no one her own age to talk to. Little does she realize that she will not only soon make a new friend, but that they will both end up in the midst of a puzzling mystery centered around the closed up bungalow next door.
Augusta Huiell Seaman is the author of over 40 historical fiction and mystery novels for older children most of which are currently out of print. The Dragon's Secret was originally published in 1921. (summary by J. M. Smallheer)
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March 5, 2016 Subject:
Thank you Reader and Librivox
I cannot add much to the other reviewers except to say that this kind of story read so well made my heart lighter as it was devoid of the sadness and horror which has been some part of my life. As an Army combat veteran I have seen and heard and felt the real thing and have no interest in the dark side of life. This would be, in my opinion, much better reading for anyone than most of todays books and stories which are so much a part of the news, movies, etc. of today.
God bless the reader and Librivox.
September 23, 2010 Subject:
I think I have listened to this one time before, but forgot to review it.
This story is about two teenagers who stumble across a mystery literally in their backyard. Being naturally inquisitive, they decide to play detective and solve the puzzle. Little do they realize that they are not the only ones playing detective!
The reader does her usual fine job with reading. This is a very nice, light, and sweet book, worth giving a listen to. Enjoy!
September 10, 2010 Subject:
Cute Story - Excellent Narration
This was another sweet little mystery, not terribly deep as the previous reviewer said. I really liked the story and the girl chums and Rags the dog! J. M. Smallheer is a wonderful narrator. Her voice is charming to listen to and I think I might need to download another book by this same author and narrator! Thanks for a great job of narration!
February 16, 2010 Subject:
Fun pre-teen mystery
To say anything beyond Jo's summary would risk giving away too much of the story. Suffice to say this is an engaging mystery/adventure centered on two teen-age girls and a vacant summer cottage. The story is not terribly deep or fantastic - and that was part of the charm for me. It's believable - two girls acting like two girls (for good and bad) as they try to work out what's going on next door.
As reader, J. M. Smallheer (notyouraveragejo) is excellent. She invests the girls with personality and emotion so that this was an engaging and light story to listen to.